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Meeting planned for Monday

McColl in crunch talks over Clyde shipbuilding plan

Jim McCollJim McColl will meet key players in Inverclyde this week over his plans to expand his shipbuilding operations.

Mr McColl wants to regenerate Inchgreen Drydock which neighbours the Ferguson’s yard at Port Glasgow which he bought a year ago.

The global engineering tycoon revealed that he wants to acquire the site and create a second, larger facility to enable him to build bigger vessels.

A meeting will take place on Monday with interested parties, including Greenock & Inverclyde MSP Duncan McNeil, who has arranged the talks.

Inverclyde Council leader Stephen McCabe will be joined by the council’s corporate director Aubrey Fawcett and Allan McQuade, who is the director of business infrastructure at Scottish Enterprise.

Mr McNeil said: “The local community has argued for some time now that Inchgreen Drydock is a national asset and it was heartening to hear that Jim McColl supports this view.

“I hope that as a result of Monday’s discussions with the area’s political and business leaders we can begin to turn this significant opportunity into a reality.”

Mr McColl is already investing around £8 million in transforming the Newark yard, which was recently named preferred bidder for a £97m CalMac ferry contract.

He has indicated since picking up the assets from the administrator last year that there are opportunities to refurbish and build commercial ships.

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